London, Nov. 21: Michael Jackson has converted to Islam and has changed his name to Mikaeel, according to reports.
According to the Sun, the 50-year-old singer wore traditional Islamic dress as he pledged his allegiance to the Quran at a friendâ€™s home in Los Angeles. Mikaeel is the name of one of Allahâ€™s angels. Jackson, who was raised a Jehovahâ€™s Witness, reportedly decided to convert after discussing religion with a music producer and songwriter on his new album, both of whom are converts to Islam, said the report. â€œThey began talking to him about their beliefs, and how they thought they had become better people after they converted. Mic-hael soon began warming to the idea,â€ a source said.
â€œAn imam was summoned and Michael went through the Shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief. Jacko rejected an alternative name, Mustafa, meaning the chosen one,â€ the source added. â€”ANI